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"Public Ivy" is a colloquialism for a state-funded institution with excellent academics. Richard Moll defined the term to mean a public institution that "provide[s] an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price." The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education[1] characterized them as "successfully competing with the Ivy League schools in academic rigor... attracting superstar faculty and in competing for the best and brightest students of all races." Neither source suggests that Moll's eight Public Ivies have the social prestige which characterizes the colleges of the eight Ivy League universities. The term has been used in college guides describing the top public universities. Image File history File links Wren1. ... Image File history File links Wren1. ... The Wren Building is a highly notable building on the campus of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. ... Website WM.edu The College of William and Mary in Virginia (also referred to as W&M or simply The College) is a small public university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States (after Harvard University). ... Image File history File links Miamiu. ... Image File history File links Miamiu. ... Miami University, founded in 1809, is the second oldest public college west of the Allegheny Mountains. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 154 KB)Photograph of Sather Gate taken on September 11, 2003 by Minesweeper and released under terms of the GNU FDL. See also: Smaller version File links The following pages link to this file: University of California, Berkeley Sather Gate User:Minesweeper/Gallery Categories: GFDL... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 154 KB)Photograph of Sather Gate taken on September 11, 2003 by Minesweeper and released under terms of the GNU FDL. See also: Smaller version File links The following pages link to this file: University of California, Berkeley Sather Gate User:Minesweeper/Gallery Categories: GFDL... Sather Gate Sather Gate is a prominent landmark separating Sproul Plaza and the bridge over Strawberry Creek leading to the heart of the University of California, Berkeley campus. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as the University of California at Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Cal, California, or Berkeley) is the oldest and flagship campus of the ten-campus University of California system. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 141 KB) Summary Central Campus Diag at the University of Michigan, looking towards the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 141 KB) Summary Central Campus Diag at the University of Michigan, looking towards the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. ... This article is about the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. ... The Old Well and McCorkle Place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ... The Old Well and McCorkle Place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ... The Old Well in front of South Building. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Image File history File links UT-Tower-in-Orange. ... Image File history File links UT-Tower-in-Orange. ... The Main Building Tower in the foreground. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1681 KB) Description: Photograph of UVMs Williams Hall building Source: Photograph taken and uploaded by Jared C. Benedict on 01 January 2005. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1681 KB) Description: Photograph of UVMs Williams Hall building Source: Photograph taken and uploaded by Jared C. Benedict on 01 January 2005. ... The University of Vermont The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, simply The University of Vermont, is a public university located in Burlington, Vermont. ... Image File history File links RotundaII.jpg Summary The Rotunda at the University of Virginia. ... Image File history File links RotundaII.jpg Summary The Rotunda at the University of Virginia. ... Jeffersons Rotunda, University of Virginia. ... Website Virginia. ... A colloquialism is an expression not used in formal speech or writing. ... The Ivy League consists of eight private institutions of higher education located in the northeastern United States. ...

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The Public Ivies

The phrase "Public Ivy" was coined by Richard Moll in his book The Public Ivys: America's Flagship Undergraduate Colleges (1985, ISBN 0670582050). According to Moll, public Ivies are public institutions that "provide an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price." Moll was the director of admissions at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and traveled the nation examining higher education and in particular, identified the eight public institutions that he thought had the look and feel of an Ivy League university. A later book titled The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities (2001, ISBN 006093459X) by Howard and Matthew Greene of Greene's Guides expanded upon the list in the first book. The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC or UC Santa Cruz), a part of the University of California system, was intended by its founders to combine the intimacy and emphasis on teaching of small, residential colleges with the extensive academic offerings of a major research university. ...


From Moll (1985):

From Greene's Guides (2001), additional schools: Website WM.edu The College of William and Mary in Virginia (also referred to as W&M or simply The College) is a small public university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States (after Harvard University). ... Miami University, founded in 1809, is the second oldest public college west of the Allegheny Mountains. ... The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... This article is about the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... The University of Vermont The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, simply The University of Vermont, is a public university located in Burlington, Vermont. ... Website Virginia. ...

The Greenes also compiled a list in Hidden Ivies, Thirty Colleges of Excellence (2000, ISBN 0060953624). Binghamton University, also known as the State University of New York at Binghamton, is a public university located in the Greater Binghamton, NY USA area. ... Indiana University Bloomington is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan. ... The Ohio State University is currently the third largest university in the United States and currently ranked by US News and World Report as the best public university in Ohio and the twenty-first best public university in the nation. ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university with a main campus located in State College, Pennsylvania, and 23 other campuses (some called Commonwealth Campuses) located throughout Pennsylvania. ... Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is the largest institution for higher education in the U.S. state of New Jersey. ... The University of Arizona (UA) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona. ... The CU Boulder campus. ... University of Connecticut The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... The University of Delaware (UD OR UDel) is the largest university in the state of Delaware. ... The University of Florida (also known as Florida or UF) is a public university and land-grant institution located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The University of Georgia, often abbreviated UGA, is located approximately 70 miles north-east of Atlanta in Athens, Georgia and is the largest institution of higher learning and research in the State of Georgia. ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. ... The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., USA. As the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to as the University of Maryland... Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a major public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ...


Other schools are sometimes referred to as Public Ivies as well. For example, based on U. S. News and World Report rankings, the JBHE (op. cit.) opines that, in addition to the above, Georgia Tech could also be considered a "Public Ivy". Though not on either of the above lists, the motto of Murray State University is "Kentucky's Public Ivy University." SUNY Geneseo, of the State University of New York system, also describes itself as a "Public Ivy."[3] The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is a public, coeducational university located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and part of the University System of Georgia. ... It has been suggested that Murray Independent Filmmaker Association be merged into this article or section. ... The State University of New York at Geneseo, also known as SUNY Geneseo or the State University of New York College at Geneseo is located in Geneseo, Livingston County, New York. ...


Academic comparisons

Although many of the top public universities rank among the top 30 national universities in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings and have accomplished significant achievements, especially in their graduate-level and research programs, they generally rank below those of the Ivy League. Nevertheless, the refusal of both the Ivies and the "Public Ivies" to publish standardized test results, such as LSAT, MCAT, GMAT and GRE scores, for their students makes objective academic comparisons difficult. [1] U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ...


Traditionally, Ivy League universities boast lower acceptance rates than top public universities, and incoming students have higher GPA and standardized test scores. However, as recently as 1992, both the number of applications were higher and the acceptance rates were lower at 4 out of 8 institutions of Moll's "Public Ivies" than at least one member of the Ivy League.[4]


Athletic comparisons

One sharp distinction between the Ivy League and most "Public Ivies" is their approach to athletics—ironic because Ivy League literally refers to an athletic conference. One of the Ivy League's distinguishing characteristics is its prohibition on the awarding of athletic scholarships; athletes may only receive the same need-based financial aid to which they would be entitled if they did not play a sport. In contrast, many of the "Public Ivies" engage in widely popular, quasi-commercial athletics which make a significant contribution to the university's revenue. Most participate in major athletic conferences such as the Big Ten or Pac 10; award athletic scholarships; and rely on profits from large-scale football and men's basketball programs to support the athletic department as a whole (the College of William and Mary and University of Vermont are exceptions as their athletic programs remain quite modest). The Ivy League consists of eight private institutions of higher education located in the northeastern United States. ... The Ivy League consists of eight private institutions of higher education located in the northeastern United States. ... The Ivy League consists of eight private institutions of higher education located in the northeastern United States. ... A scholarship is an award of access to an institution or a financial aid award for an individual (a scholar) for the purposes of furthering their education. ... Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest college athletic conference. ... The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... Website WM.edu The College of William and Mary in Virginia (also referred to as W&M or simply The College) is a small public university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States (after Harvard University). ... The University of Vermont The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, simply The University of Vermont, is a public university located in Burlington, Vermont. ...


See also

The Ivy League consists of eight private institutions of higher education located in the northeastern United States. ... Boston College The Jesuit Ivy is a nickname given to Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. ... Little Ivies is a colloquialism to refer to a group of small, selective American colleges and an American university; however, it does not denote any official organization. ... Southern Ivies is a colloquialism used to imply a Southern college or university is comparable to the schools of the Ivy League in some way, usually in academic quality or in social prestige. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ Martens, J. “For the Ease of Masters” Barron's 26 August 2002
  1.   Comparing Black Enrollments at the Public Ivies, JBHE article
  2.   Moll's book considered the entire University of California system as one institution.
  3.   Geneseo using "Public Ivy" to describe itself.
  4.   U.S. News and World Report 1993 College Guide - June 4, 1993.

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